Bench Bar Conference XXVII

In response to the unprecedented events surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—including last week’s emergency declarations and directives issued by local, state, national, and international authorities—and in the interest of the safety of the conference registrants and speakers, TCBA has postponed its 2020 Bench Bar Conference to August 27-30. More details will be forthcoming. We look forward to a great event and hope you save the date for the conference!     


2020 Conference Details
Friday, April 17, 2020

    • 9:00 a.m. Conference Check-In Opens


    • 9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
      Steve Laird (2019–2020 Bench Bar Committee Chair) and
      John Cayce (2019-2020 Tarrant County Bar Association President)


    • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Voir Dire In Action & Legal Update


    • 11:30 a.m. Lunch – Welcome and Introduction of First Timers & Guests


    • 12:30 p.m. Tarrant County Judicial Panels


    • 1:30 p.m. An Ethics Presentation Like No Other
      Lewis Sifford (Sifford, Anderson & Co., P.C.)


    • 2:15 p.m. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Panel


    • 3:15 p.m. Reception hosting Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

      Whitewater Golf
      Young Lawyers & First Timers Mixer with Judiciary
      Lawyer Olympics


    • 7:00 p.m. Dinner


    • 8:00 p.m. Casino Night (sponsored by the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.)


Saturday, April 18, 2020

    • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast


    • 8:45 a.m. The Kidnapping of Howard Hughes
      Rick Harrison (Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP)


    • 9:45 a.m. Return to YFZ Ranch – FLDS Cases
      Eric J.R. Nichols (Butler Snow LLP)


    • 10:45 a.m. Break


    • 11:00 a.m. Supreme Court of Texas Panel


    • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon hosting Supreme Court of Texas Justices

      Judge’s Cup Golf
      Wine Tasting  


    • 7:00 p.m. Dinner, Awards, and Trivia

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